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On behalf of Central Europe Association and the Institute for Cultural Relations Policy, it is our cordial pleasure to invite you to our associations’ conference, aiming to give an insight into the future of China and the CEE region in relation to the New Silk Road project.

In 2013, China's president, Xi Jinping proposed the establishment of the modern equivalent to the ancient trade route, creating a network of railways, roads, pipelines and utility grids that would link China and parts of Asia and Europe. This initiative, the One Belt and One Road (OBOR), contains more than physical connections. It aims to create the world's largest platform for economic cooperation, including policy, trade and finance, as well as social and cultural partnership.

Approximate Schedule:
15:00 – 15:30 REGISTRATION
15:30 – 15:40 OPENING REMARKS
15:40 – 17:10 EXPERT SESSION

Lecturers of the 1st session:

- Mr. Viktor Eszterhai (Deputy Director of Research, Pallas Athene Geopolitical Foundation),
- Ms. Ágnes Szunomár (Research Fellow, Centre for Economic and
Regional Studies, HAS Institute of World Economics),
- Mr. Péter Goreczky (Senior Analyst, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade)
Moderator: Dániel Varga (Executive Vice President, CEA)

Our invited experts discuss the possible tools at the Central and Eastern European region’s disposal to make this area’s economic wealth equal to or surpass that of Western Europe. What are the possible economic impacts of the implementation of OBOR in the CEE region?

17:10 – 17:30 BREAK
17:30 – 19:00 DIPLOMATIC PANEL

Lecturers of the 2nd session:

- Mr. Csaba Wolf (Vice-President, Hungary-China Department of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry),
- H. E. Mr. Juraj Chmiel (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Hungary),
- Mr. Péter Ákos Bod (former Chairman of the Hungarian National Bank)
Moderator: Konstantinos Lapadakis (ICRP Associate)

With the help of invited diplomats, we examine the situation of China and Europe in the new world order: what are the processes observed in foreign affairs, are we witnessing globalization or deglobalization? Is China an emerging adverse power to the EU or an eventual trading and investment partner? These are the questions, dilemmas and challenges to which we are looking to find answers and solutions at our event.

19:00 – 19:15 BREAK
19:15 – 20:30 GUEST SPEAKERS

- Open to anyone wishing to participate in the conference with a previously approved abstract of a paper to be presented about the China-CEE relations.

Venue of the Conference: Corvinus University of Budapest, ''C' Building, Auditorium IX. (1093 Budapest, Közraktár street 2-4.)

Please be advised that registration is required. In order to participate, we kindly ask you to register yourself here: https://bit.ly/2pURK7F

For additional information, please contact:
+36 30 310 0233